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Over the past few months, we have been watching closely as the COVID-19 situation progressed across continents, and oceans touching every one of our lives in very real ways. We’ve had to hit pause on our regular routines and everyday lives, so that we can slow down the spread of coronavirus to avoid overwhelming the healthcare systems in place across the world. The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has made several recommendations, based on their findings, to help prevent an out of control spread of the novel coronavirus. The seemingly most effective of W.H.O.’s measures is social distancing, or quarantining in your own home to limit exposure and thus transmission of the virus. They’ve also recommended frequent hand washing, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
How to limit your exposure to COVID-19
Quarantining inherently limits our movements, you’re really only supposed to go out for necessities like food, medication, or if you are an essential worker, to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. However, even leaving your home for just the essentials can be troublesome because there are so many safety and hygiene precautions that we have to take when you come home. There are options to explore and ways to ensure that your home becomes a safe haven. Growing some of your own food at home, staying hydrated, and purifying the air around you to keep you and your loved ones safe as we try to make it through this trying time, together.
Here are some products that can help keep you safe and healthy during this pandemic, and beyond.
One item that certainly does not get cleaned enough, pandemic or not, is your cell phone. Researchers from the University of Arizona have said that your beloved, constant companion, your smartphone can have ten times more germs than an average toilet seat. Sanitizing your phone every once in a while can be a great way to ensure that your cell phone is not a source transmission in your life. This Cell Phone Cleaner uses UV-C technology to kill 99.9% of the germs, such as viruses including the COVID-19 virus, on your phone. The cleaner comes in a variety of colors and is compatible with many of the most common phones such as the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, Google Pixel 2XL, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and can even accommodate larger phones. This product will be a useful item to have in your home, even after this is all over because we do not walk through a sterile world and you never know what could be on your phone.
Get it for $58.54 CAD $79.99 CAD
As mentioned earlier, a great way to combat the coronavirus is to stay hydrated. Using a self cleaning water bottle is truly the safest way to be absolutely certain that the water you are drinking is completely clean, and has no impurities. Having a water bottle by your side also serves as a great reminder to take a sip every 20 minutes or so. This gadget uses UV-C LED technology, which has been known for 100 years and has been used largely in this context, to purify your water and clean its own internal surfaces. The Self Cleaning Bottle comes in a variety of colors. One charge of the bottle can last up to one month, and afterwards the bottle can be easily recharged via a USB or MicroUSB cable. The water bottle can also hold 500 ml (17 oz) of water.
Get it for $69.84 CAD
Are you running out of Lysol? Spending a fortune on single use sterilizing wipes? Feel bad for the environment? We have a durable and eco-friendly solution to your issue during this pandemic. This UV Sterilizing Lamp literally sterilizes everything you bring home in a matter of minutes! Simply place the objects in one spot facing the UV lamp and turn it on. The lamp will help you save a couple of hundred dollars and the trip to your local Costco store!
Get it for $25.49 CAD $44.99 CAD
What if I tell you that you can turn toilet paper into wipes? Wipes you can flush down the toilet? That are cheaper than regular wipes? I am not lying! This product is very simply a dispenser, that uses not just any cleanser. This one is specially designed to be fragrance & paraben-free, and Ph balanced! Therefore you can use it to sanitize anything and get rid of those evil COVID-19 viruses lurking around. One bottle lasts you 3 months, and only costs 45$ CAD, while a 250mL hand sanitizer costs an average of 12$ CAD (because of price gouging) and doesn’t even last 1 week if you use it to sanitize surfaces at home!
Get it for $95.85 CAD
The COVID-19 virus can survive in the air for approximately 3 hours. Using the Mini Air Purifier can put your mind at ease, knowing that the air around you is safe from pathogens. The Purifier uses a medical grade H13 HEPA filter, which is an N95 grade filter, which has a 97.3% filtration efficiency. The size of the Purifier makes it ideal for any space, and it’s portable, and each charge can last up to 6 hours at a time. It also comes with a strap, so you can attach it to your arm, to keep the air filtered, especially when you venture out for an essential errand.
Get it for $73.24 CAD $119.99 CAD
This Smart Planter is a great way to grow herbs, fruits and vegetables, right in your own home. When people pick produce at the store, they tend to touch and feel each piece of fruit or vegetable to make sure it’s ripe, which can then transfer anything that was on their hands to the produce. Having an at home planter reduces your exposure, and you know that every piece of produce grown is fresh, and clean. There is a variety of fruits and vegetables you can grow in the Botanium including basil, cherry tomatoes, peppers and even strawberries. The planter automatically waters your plants, and maintains an ideal soil environment for your plants to ensure that they grow healthily. The planter comes with a porous growing medium, that allows the root systems to thrive and develop quicker than in regular soil. This product is especially great in condos and apartment buildings, where you have limited access to a garden, and the necessary exposure to sunlight. The Botanium takes the guesswork out of gardening, and allows you to grow clean, delicious produce that you can use during this pandemic and beyond!
Get it for $84.71 CAD $99.99 CAD
One of the biggest concerns with COVID-19 is the cleanliness of surfaces, in our homes, our cars, our offices, anywhere really. The Handheld Vacuum is a compact system that uses a powerful UV lamp to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, and remove dust and pollen. This two-in-one device is also fitted with pulsating pads which vibrate at 4,600-5,000 times a minute to agitate and dislodge dust and any allergens that have settled on surfaces in your home, including fabric as well. The vacuum then sucks up all the dust and germs, and passes it through a HEPA filter. This UV Vacuum is truly what you need to make sure your home is safe and clean for you and your family.
Get it for $294.52 CAD $339.99 CAD
Research into COVID-19 has found that the virus has trouble staying buoyant in humid air. This humidifier in particular is a 3-in-1 product, it cools, humidifies and purifies the air. These three functions can prove useful right now, especially as the weather is starting to warm up again and we will need to cool down our homes in a safe, reliable way. This gadget is easy to power, either using an outlet, power bank, or even your laptop or desktop. This product is also very quiet so keeping it turned on will be quite and not disruptive. The Evaporative Air Cooler & Humidifier is a great fit in every room, especially during the quarantine.
Get it for $189.54 CAD
This doorbell is a great way to still get packages, mail, and food delivery completely contactless. Although several couriers have added contactless options to their app or delivery instructions, it can be useful to be able to see and speak to the delivery person while maintaining social distance. The Video Doorbell has an HD camera, and a two-way talk system. You can see everything that is going on outside from the comfort and safety of your own home. The doorbell is also easy to install, and it can use the existing doorbell wiring to stay powered. It can also use rechargeable batteries, so it can be installed outside your apartment, studio or condo. It also connects to your home Wi-Fi so you can see the outside using the app, and it is also compatible with your Alexa. You’ll also be able to thank the delivery people for their commitment and efforts during these times, using the mic and speakers.
Get it for $114.12 CAD
As much as we should stay inside, if you absolutely have to go out, we at It’s NERD have created an Outdoor Stay Safe Kit to help keep you safe too. The Outdoor Kit includes 5 surgical masks, 1 bottle of hand sanitizer (28 ml/0.9 oz), 5 pairs of gloves and 4 pocket tissues.
Get it for $28 CAD
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